About this object

An adze blade in pale green-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated and the poll is rounded. The surface is ground. One side edge is sharp. The bevel is convex, and the chin line curved and oblique. The cutting edge is also curved and oblique. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp. There are old fractures on the poll, back and sides.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Otago: Otago Harbour
  • Date made
    1930 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.5 x 2.2 x 11.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 16-17 September 1930, Lot 542 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    J C Stevens ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1930-09-17
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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